The atmosphere is lively when I arrive at Upper Bench Winery and Creamery. It’s 2:30 on a Friday afternoon but the patio is filled with guests enjoying oven fresh pizzas and platters featuring the creamery’s renowned hand-crafted cheeses. Everything smells delicious. Owners Gavin and Shana Miller are the perfect pairing: the winemaker and the cheesemaker. They love what they do and it shows in their guest’s appreciative smiles. Shana is grateful to those who have encouraged them through the years. People like her old boss, who still visits regularly, their industry peers, their local customers and partners, Wayne and Margareta…

The atmosphere is lively when I arrive at Upper Bench Winery and Creamery. It’s 2:30 on a Friday afternoon but the patio is filled with guests enjoying oven fresh pizzas and platters featuring the creamery’s renowned hand-crafted cheeses. Everything smells delicious. Owners Gavin and Shana Miller are the perfect pairing: the winemaker and the cheesemaker. They love what they do and it shows in their guest’s appreciative smiles. Shana is grateful to those who have encouraged them through the years. People like her old boss, who still visits regularly, their industry peers, their local customers and partners, Wayne and Margareta…

With 15 beautiful wines to choose from, visitors are spoiled for choice at Moraine Estate Winery. “We have wines for those that like a bit of sweetness with our icewine and late harvest wines,” says proprietor Oleg Aristarkhov. “There are lots of choices too for those who want something drier such as our award-winning Viognier and Chardonnay. Try our 2015 Pinot Noir or 2016 Riesling if you want a real treat as both won gold medals at the All Canadian Wine Championship. If you are a fan of reds, our 2014 Meritage recently won a gold medal at the Okanagan…

A winery born on a double dare and driven by the passion and unstoppable strength of owner Teresa Murray Wiseman, Crescent Hill Winery officially arrived onto the wine scene four years ago, a mere 36 years after its vines were planted. Teresa is a force. Daughter of the award winning wine’s namesake, Glennallyn Murray, she has fought tooth and nail for these three acres of old vines on the hills of Penticton, and her tenacity has paid off. There are many women involved in the Okanagan wine industry now, but not when Teresa took the reigns. She says it was…

“They know my name, they know what I like and I love the friendly, casual and local vibe,” says Bench Market regular Ian. “It’s like the Central Perk on Friends. I can pick up some great grab and go items on my way to work and have a chat with the staff. The food is great and it’s healthy.” Ian’s go-to favourites are breakfast burritos, eggwiches and granola bars. “The Bench Market has so much local support for a reason. They have also managed to capture both the local and tourist markets, which is not easy to do.” September 16th…

The Wall Street Journal Wine Accessories of the Year winning product was invented to help you keep track of your wine glass at a party. Wine Glass Writer’s work great for adding your moniker in fun metallics or colours. The ink goes on smoothly, sets quickly, and remains vibrant throughout the life of the party, until washing off effortlessly with a soapy sponge. Like any great invention customers have come up with their own unique ways to make the most out of these cool pens: -Canners busy preserving summer’s bounty are using the pens to label the lids of their…

The theme of our cover this issue is Legends. Three local legends, Howard Soon, Rod Butters and Jon Alcock, form the trifecta of our food, wine and farm world. All are celebrating a turning point in their extraordinary careers and have great legacies to leave behind. All three have set a benchmark for excellence in their industries and are leaders in their communities. Cheers to all of you! Thank you to beautiful SpierHead Winery in southeast Kelowna for allowing us to photograph the cover in their vineyard. www.spierheadwinery.com Another legend…Huge thanks to our starring photographer David McIlvride of Spatula Media…

Forging new paths in its sparkling setting beside Cascade Casino, BC Wine Information Centre pioneered as the first VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) wine store in British Columbia 20 years ago. Thanks to the knowledgeable staff, visitors and residents alike find it a helpful hub and gateway to British Columbia wines. In addition to the extraordinary selection of BC VQA wine, it’s the go-to boutique of handcrafted local items such as designer jewelry, vinegars, dressings, preserves, and cheese. There’s an impressive collection of wine accessories, winery guidebooks, specialty cookbooks and culinary giftware. Much more than retail, the Wine Info Centre offers…

The awards keep rolling in for Wild Goose Vineyards at more and more prestigious wine competitions. 2017 has been the most winning year ever! The winning lineup includes four silvers for the four wines it entered in the San Francisco International Wine Competition– the largest and most influential wine competition in America. All seven Wild Goose wines entered at WineAlign came home with medals including gold for the Red Horizon Meritage 2015 and 2016 Pinot Gris. At the LA WineFest, Wild Goose also bagged a gold for the 2016 Gewürztraminer and 90 points and Best in Class for Autumn Gold…

The #2 Small Winery in Canada, three golds, six silvers and three bronzes in the National Wine Awards (winealign.com) are an impressive confirmation of Meyer Family Vineyard’s approach to making wine. “The awards are a tribute to the skills of our winemaker Chris Carson and to our focus on varietals,” says JAK Meyer. “We have determined what grows best in our vineyards and we focus on small case lots of varietals best suited and expressive of their unique place of origin. Our success at these awards speaks to our approach. Each wine reflects the single vineyard of its origin, the…